Album: Honeymoon
Producer: Lana Del Rey, Rick Nowels, Kieron Menzies

A song about the quality of the morning light in Southern California, “God Knows I Tried” is meditative, repetitive, forlorn. It name-checks the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” a far more uptempo song with similar thematic concerns. “God knows I tried,” is the kind of thing you tell yourself when you know you’re trapped, without alternatives. Ross Scarano